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[Epub] The House of Velvet and Glass By Katherine Howe –

The House of Velvet and GlassKatherine Howe, Author Of The Phenomenal New York Times Bestseller The Physick Book Of Deliverance Dane, Returns With An Entrancing Historical Novel Set In Boston In 1915, Where A Young Woman Stands On The Cusp Of A New Century, Torn Between Loss And Love, Driven To Seek Answers In The Depths Of A Crystal Ball Still Reeling From The Deaths Of Her Mother And Sister On The Titanic, Sibyl Allston Is Living A Life Of Quiet Desperation With Her Taciturn Father And Scandal Plagued Brother In An Elegant Town House In Boston S Back Bay Trapped In A World Over Which She Has No Control, Sybil Flees For Solace To The Parlor Of A Table Turning Medium But When Her Brother Is Suddenly Kicked Out Of Harvard Under Mysterious Circumstances And Falls Under The Sway Of A Strange Young Woman, Sibyl Turns For Help To Psychology Professor Benton Jones, Despite The Unspoken Tensions Of Their Shared Past As Benton And Sibyl Work Together To Solve A Harrowing Mystery, Their Long Simmering Spark Flares To Life, And They Realize That There May Be Something Even Magical Between Them Than A Medium S Scrying Glass From The Opium Dens Of Boston S Chinatown To The Opulent Salons Of High Society, From The Back Alleys Of Colonial Shanghai To The Decks Of The Titanic, The House Of Velvet And Glass Weaves Together Meticulous Period Detail, Intoxicating Romance, And A Final Shocking Twist In A Breathtaking Novel That Will Thrill Readers Bonus Features In The EBook Katherine Howe S Essay On Scrying Boston Daily Globe Article On The Titanic From April 15, 1912 And A Reading Group Guide And QA With The Author, Katherine Howe.

[Epub] The House of Velvet and Glass By Katherine Howe –
  • Paperback
  • 432 pages
  • The House of Velvet and Glass
  • Katherine Howe
  • English
  • 15 March 2019
  • 9781401342005

    10 thoughts on “[Epub] The House of Velvet and Glass By Katherine Howe –

  1. says:

    Quite possibly one of the most boring books I have ever read The premise of the book was interesting, family still struggling to come to terms with the loss of their loved ones on the sinking of the Titanic There is so much depth that could have been added to this story but instead it was just ...

  2. says:

    The girl was alone, but the windows reflected a dozen different angles of the back of her head and tops of her shoulders, as if she were guarded by an army of versions of herself, each one slightly different from the last Katherine Howe, THE HOUSE OF VELVET AND GLASSTHE HOUSE OF VELVET AND GLASS, by Katherine Howe, was published in April and is 432 pages The publisher, Hyperion Voice, sent me an advanced reading edition of the book I loved Howe s last novel, THE PHYSICK BOOK OF DELIVERANCE DANE, so I was really looking forward to this novel.The story begins on the night of the Titanic s sinking, and moves back and forth in time from the late 1800s in China to the early twentieth century in Boston A wealthy mother and daughter die on the Titanic, leaving behind a fractured, grieving, dysfunctional family full of shocking secrets.When we first meet Sybil Allston, a surviving daughter sister, she is at a s ance with other relatives of Titanic victims, hoping to connect with her dead mother and sister She has a supernatural experience that both soothes her from her contact with the dead, and opens up a dark world of forbidden explorations and extra normal experiences.Her father, Lan, is an aged seaman with tremors and a haunted past, who loves his family, but who is often emotionally inaccessible to th...

  3. says:

    Looking at the separate pieces of this story, I feel like I should have liked it better But everything that had potential is either over or under explained to the point where it s hard to care The author either bores me with too much info, or just leave it hanging but somehow without any sense of suspense I read a long way into the book before I realized there wasn t any one thing driving the plot and o I found it hard to careare we looking for a developing romance for Sibylline, for Eulah, for Harlan for a supernatural revelation, for family conflict and resolution So many parts of the story made me think this is where it will get interesting , but it never really did I m not big on the Titanic, but I liked Helen and Eulah Not sure why the author tried to get in a big reveal moment when the name of the ship they are on is mentionedthat was in the dust jacket description, we all knew where they were They only showed up a few times though, and while I didn t need to see them die, I did think their story would connect better to the main storyline The history of Lan as a sailor on shore leave in Singapore, seemed clichebrothels, fistfights, and opium, but knowing from his family who Lan appears to be in adulthood, I was curious to see how it played out We see the beginni...

  4. says:

    The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane was one of my favorite books the year it came it out The plot was fast paced and original, and the characters so interesting and fleshed out When I saw that the author had a second book coming out, I was excited and purchased it as soon as I saw it at the bookstore Unfortunately, I did not find The House of Velvet and Glass nearly as gripping as Howe s first book The story didn t really take off for me until at least 1 3 of the way through, and the characters were remote and flat If I had not read her first book, I m not sure I would have finished this one The intriguing twist in the story came too late and far too close to the end By the last 1 3 of the book Sybil and her father were people I cared about and had a variety of facets to their personalities, and I wondere...

  5. says:

    I am deeply confused by all of the four and five star ratings This book dragged on and I only finished because I was sure it had to get better The descriptions were repetitive if the author described Sybil s eyes as obsidian one time I was tempted to write her and ask if her thesaurus broke I don t need to be explicitly told things in a book but there were certain gray areas where I think...

  6. says:

    Every now and again a novel comes along that has the power to bewitch and captivate, and The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe is just such a novel Set in 1915 Boston, Sibyl Allston seems destined to be an old maid confined to managing her father s home and living a careful life where little changes Still reeling from the loss of her mother and her younger sister on the Titanic, Sibyl dutifully continues to meet with a medium in an attempt to contact her lost loved ones Her father, aloof and undemonstrative, made his fortune at sea and is content to work at his shipping business or closet himself in his study When Sibyl s brother Harlan turns up having been kicked out of Harvard, and in a tawdry affair with a young women of questionable background Sibyl finds herself awakening to a life she neve...

  7. says:

    This book was superb I stayed up all night to finish it I was so riveted by the story that I could not even consider sleep While one of the themes in this book is the sinking of the Titanic there are many out now due to the 100th anniversary , there were many equally important themes including Spiritualism, World War I, Addiction issues with opium and morphine Women s rights, Philosphies of life and death, the Progressive era, Family dynamics, the Shipping trade, and even old fashioned Romance Two important motifs were music and clocks timepieces.The author also refers those who are interested in conducting research to her website I will most assuredly visit the site and peruse the suggested bibliography I also have several issues that I would like to have clarified Hopefully, I will be abl...

  8. says:

    I feel badly giving any book only one star, but I actively dislike this book so there you go.This was a slow, slogging along read, very repetitious with little action and too many people thinking about what something reminds them of which goes on and on No one can just see someone smile without thinking of when someone else smiled about something and then the conversation that took place around the smile and those remeniscneces would go on for several pages before the story would start up again I d find myself rereading the same paragraph over and over because the story simply didn t pull me along Sibyl, the main character was both boring and, well, stupid, immensely so She meets a woman of questionable reputation, but the very next day she takes her to tea at some fancy club so this woman can insult people, that s the only reason I can think of And then she follows this woman to an opium den and after a miniscule hesitation, she decides why not I don t even know what the author is trying to say with this book, that opium is fun She describes it in such loving detail that I m left to wonder why everyone wouldn t want to smoke it The scenes on the Titanic do nothi...

  9. says:

    The House of Velvet and Glass began slowly, in a time of mourning I was struck by the quiet, empty house, the attention to keen details this sense of being transported existed through the whole book, like the first few chapters built the time period before the figures themselves were struck alive.The stories woven through the book were beautiful, and the weaving gave a pleasant rocking, like balancing on a boat in calm waters There were love sagas that crossed class and age violent stories that mangled and killed a family struck by addiction and sorrow and amazing exotic sea adventures It gave an earnest history of the time, when the break of modernity was crashing hard on the century.Mainly, this book is about grief a person s grief, a family s grief, and the grief of a country after a great tragedy You are pulled deep into Sibyl s despair, and thankful to heal with her, to witness her victor...

  10. says:

    Preferably I would give this novel one and a half stars The premise, young woman recovering from the loss of her mother and sister on the Titanic and trying to learn why her younger brother was expelled from Harvard in his senior year while interesting, was far too ambitious and poorly executed by this author.I just finished this last night and already find myself struggling to remember the heroine s name The character development was nonexistent and the plot device of switching between 1915 Boston, the final moments on the Titanic, and Shanghai 1868 brought the story to a complete and utter halt.I was really looking forward to a tale of the seedy opium dens of back alley Boston and the mystery of the brother s expulsion along with the intrigue of a medium s seances, however these were all jumbled together and if I had to read the description of something as puddled one time e.g her dressing gown puddled on t...

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